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"Clients are ‘very impressed with the degree of care’ Kingsley Napley LLP has in handling judicial reviews, public inquiries, inquests and regulatory matters."

Legal 500 UK, 2017

Our team of public law solicitors has over twenty-five years of experience acting in 'sensitive, high profile and politically inflected' matters. We act for individuals (including senior professionals and public figures), companies and business groups, charities and pressure groups as well as government and public bodies themselves.

Whether you are contemplating or defending a judicial review challenge, appearing before a public inquirymajor inquest or select committee, or concerned about protecting personal information, we understand that you have wider interests at stake, be they organisational, financial, commercial, reputational or business and human rights.

Public law solicitors

We are a leading public law team in the UK, consistently top-ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers UK. We are recognised for our "exceptional capabilities" and "enormous strengths'' acting on behalf of public and private sector clients.

As one of the only dedicated public law teams in the country, we rapidly get to the heart of the issue, providing realistic legal advice so that you can confidently navigate the bigger picture, as well as the litigation or inquiry at hand.

Our team is led by the ‘simply exceptional’  Adam Chapman who before joining Kingsley Napley was a senior public law litigator in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, acting for central government departments and senior public figures, alongside other public bodies in the most sensitive and high profile judicial review cases, inquiries and related litigation.

What clients and directories say

One of their main strengths is the personal touch - you get the sense the lawyers really care about the work they undertake and you as a client"

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2019

A real diversity of work. They benefit from experience acting for individuals, companies and public bodies, which gives them a depth and gravitas that sets them apart. Also, they are very friendly and down to earth individuals."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

All the people I have come across there are very high quality and know what they are doing."

A client

Client service has been good, always with a quick turnaround to requests for advice. They are responsive and have a good understanding of client needs."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

They were very approachable, friendly and responsive, and they provide good value for money." 

A client

They have exceptional capabilities, their strengths are enormous and we have been extremely pleased with the work the public law team has done."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

What I like about them is that they are quite a small firm but have extremely good management of big cases. All of their clients get a great deal of attention." 

A client

The ‘fantastic’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP ‘is dedicated and undertakes some of the most highprofile public cases"

Legal 500 UK, 2015

Practice head Adam Chapman’s ‘experience working in government makes him the ideal lawyer for both commercial and claimant judicial review"

Legal 500 UK, 2015

Adam Chapman "is a very wise, astute public law lawyer," according to sources, who add: "He was a Treasury solicitor for a long time, which gives him a very well-rounded judgement."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Stephen Parkinson is an "extremely astute and enormously experienced" former government lawyer who is considered to be one of the leading public law solicitors in the country."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession


pragmatic advice which always demonstrates a sensitivity to the concerns and objectives of the client"

Legal 500 UK, 2019

experience, willingness to challenge and be challenged, understanding of legislation, regulations and drafting skills."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2018

Sources praise the group's abilities in 'sensitive, high-profile, politically inflected work' and attest that 'what is really refreshing is their commitment to their clients and the care they take'..." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession


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Modern Slavery Act 2015: Under Review

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The Data Protection Act 2018: new criminal offences for data breaches

Data breach reporting – the only way is up

Joint data controllers – yet more data protection uncertainty

Some welcomed guidance for data controllers: Court of Appeal confirms the correct test to be applied when considering a SAR concerning mixed data

GDPR: The significance of the new principle of accountability

The ICO’s Regulatory Action Policy: What to expect in the new GDPR era

Coroner’s ‘cab rank queue’ burial policy quashed in successful judicial review claim

Will Your Voice Be Heard? – A Re-Examination of Standing in Judicial Review in the Light of Worboys

‘Enough is enough’ : IPCC delay found to be ‘extraordinary and indefensible’ in case against Sean Rigg officer

Dog walker successfully challenges local authority’s PSPO in High Court

The Data Protection Bill - New Criminal Offences for Data Protection Breaches On Their Way to the Statute Book

Subject Access Requests under the GDPR: What employers need to know

Data protection: A new board room priority

Ordinarily hard to challenge ombudsman’s decision-making marred by illegality, irrationality, procedural unfairness and pre-determination

GDPR & Brexit: Data transfers from the EU and the UK’s new status as a “third country”

Opaque, unpredictable, diminished? Parliamentary committee commentary suggests the human rights consequences of #Brexit withdrawal legislation “appear to be contrary to the Government’s intent”

Has Brexit undermined the UK’s ability to extradite its fugitives?

Legal update: Unlawful Discrimination in Personal Independence Payments

Judicial Review and the Creep of Closed Material Procedures - R (on the application of Haralambous) v Crown Court at St Albans and another

Legal Update: Revisiting trial in the absence of a defendant

The High Court’s decision is (sometimes) final: the Court of Appeal confirms the decision of a coroner in relation to witnesses and the risk of harm caused by giving evidence

Legal Update: Judicial review of decisions in the Crown Court

The £17 million Question - What will the ICO’s enforcement powers be under the GDPR, and how will they be used?

Legal update: Administrators’ efforts to realise Monarch’s assets boosted by judicial review victory

When is a data controller liable for the criminal acts of a rogue employee?

The real impact of the GDPR… new notification obligations

Coroners to investigate still born deaths

An introduction to Data Protection Officers under the GDPR: Should you appoint one?

Legal update: When an inquest is still necessary after criminal proceedings in order to comply with Article 2

Cheap alcohol a thing of the past (at least for six years)?

The EU-US Privacy Shield – One Year On and Still Going Strong

Legal Update: NGOs win challenge to Aarhus costs caps

Uber’s apology considered by Kingsley Napley

TfL finds Uber no-longer ‘fit and proper’ to operate in London

Block chain: Is the GDPR out of date already?

The Coroner’s decision is (almost always) final: the Court’s approach to judicial review of inquest proceedings

The special constitutional importance of judicial review may demand a distinctive approach to the recovery of litigation costs, but will the latest recommendations be taken forward?

A challenge to the lawfulness of export licences allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia has been rejected

The Queen’s Speech 2017 – Setting the parliamentary agenda

Will legislating for Brexit be almost as testing for the new minority government as the forthcoming negotiations?

Brexit: what the Government (whoever forms it) needs to do now

Legal update: court is left unconvinced by ‘Purdah’ argument in judicial review proceedings

When can the High Court quash a police force’s crime-recording decision?

More to do on cyber-security: half of UK businesses suffer cyber-security breach

Data Protection – even MORE practical guidance from recent case law on subject access requests

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